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2012-01-27 06:46:37

A new study has shown that babies who develop autism show different brain responses within the first year of their life. The study may lead to tests that help doctors diagnose autism earlier in life. Autism is a spectrum of disorders where patients have trouble communicating. The disorders range from mental retardation where patients have little ability to communicate to Aspberger´s Syndrome that affects the patients´ social development. Dr. Mark Johnson of Birkbeck at the...

2012-01-06 06:11:26

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Deafness affects 2 to 4 of every 1,000 people within the United States alone. A gene known as FGF20, located in a portion of the genome has been associated with inherited deafness in otherwise healthy families, but new clues found in mice may lead to a solution in human deafness. David M. Ornitz, MD, PhD, the Alumni Endowed Professor of Development Biology and his associates Sung-Ho Huh, PhD, and Mark E. Warchol, PhD discovered when they inactivated the FGF20...

Gene Could Helps Scientists Understand Genetic Deafness
2012-01-04 14:17:59

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine report they have found new clues that may help scientists understand the genetic causes of deafness. The gene FGF20 has been associated with inherited deafness in otherwise healthy families.  The FGF20 gene codes for one member of a family of proteins known as fibroblast growth factors. Members of this family are known to play important and broad roles in embryonic development, tissue maintenance and wound healing. "When we...

2011-11-30 14:35:25

However, the study did not find differences in the brain size of girls with autism In the largest study of brain development in preschoolers with autism to date, a study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers has found that 3-year-old boys with regressive autism, but not early onset autism, have larger brains than their healthy counterparts. The study is published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition. It was led by Christine Wu Nordahl, a...

2011-11-22 08:27:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Mutated genes in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear prevent sound waves from being converted into electrical signals- a fundamental first step in hearing. Restoring electrical signals in the sensory cells of deaf mice by introducing new genes allowed the mice to hear. The study paves the way for a test of gene therapy to reverse a type of deafness. Sound waves produce the sensation of hearing by jiggling protruding hair-like structures on sensory hair...

2011-09-28 19:29:46

More intense treatment better improves social and communication skills A primary characteristic of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is impairments in social-communication skills. Children and adolescents with social-communication problems face difficulty understanding, interacting and relating with others. University of Missouri researchers found that children who receive more intensive therapy to combat these impairments, especially at early ages, achieve the best outcomes....

2011-09-27 13:00:00

New York City Special Education Collaborative announced today the launch of an innovative new pilot program for children with speech disorders. The Speech Buddies Advantage program aims to improve the quality of care provided to families by providing speech therapy services that are more effective and more affordable for schools than current offerings. New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2011 New York City Special Education Collaborative announced today the launch of an innovative new pilot...

2011-09-22 18:52:03

Patients with serious speech disorders are often able to sing complete texts. However, melody may not be the decisive factor. After a left-sided stroke, many individuals suffer from serious speech disorders but are often able to sing complete texts relatively fluently. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, have now demonstrated that it is not singing itself that is the key. Instead, rhythm may be crucial. Moreover, highly...

2011-06-28 00:00:32

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) will host its 2011 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech in San Diego, California on July 7 "“ July 9, at the Paradise Point Resort. This year's conference theme, "Unfolding Potential, Creating Possibilities," will address the use of emerging technology and how it's being used to assist children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), while still advocating and creating awareness on issues that affect...

2011-04-29 06:09:39

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A simple, five-minute screening technique may help physicians detect autism earlier in infants. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine call it the "One-Year Well-Baby Check Up Approach." A new study reveals the technique may be a promising way for physicians to detect cases of Autism Syndrome Disorder (ASD), language or developmental delays. For the study, researchers at the UC San Diego Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) formed a team...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.